After introducing the new Chevrolet Monza Mild Hybrid in China in early May, the brand’s first model with gas-electric powertrain technology in that country, General Motors has just launched the 2021 Chevrolet Orlando Mild Hybrid in the Chinese market. In this case, the company included the hybrid powertrain throughout the 2021 Orlando lineup, launching a total of five versions ranging from the base trim level to the top-shelf Redline.
GM has announced that the hybrid variants of the 2021 Chevrolet Orlando are available in a selection of five- and seven-seat models, thanks to the optional third row. All variants include the manufacturer’s new hybrid powertrain, which adds an electric motor and a 48-volt battery to the existing powertrain to simultaneously improve the vehicle’s performance and fuel economy.
“The Orlando is a functional nameplate that now integrates traditional propulsion technology with electrification for a refined driving experience with lower fuel consumption and lower emissions,” said General Director of Chevrolet for SAIC-GM, Scott Lawson, in a press release. “It also offers different seating and styling options to meet the personalized needs of today’s car buyers.”
Specifically, the powertrain of the 2021 Chevrolet Orlando Mild Hybrid is comprised of the same turbocharged 1.3L engine already offered in the model, accompanied by the new hybrid system consisting of a 48V electric motor and a 48V battery. This setup generates 161 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Additionally, the 2021 Orlando Mild Hybrid’s powertrain features a power management module and hybrid control unit to enhance performance and increase efficiency. The system offers five modes of operation that users can easily select through via center console controller: Auto Start, E-boost, Smart Charge, Brake Energy Regeneration and E-idle.
The 2021 Chevrolet Orlando Mild Hybrid is now available in China, offering a fuel economy rating of 39 mpg on the combined city/highway cycle. It maintains exactly the same exterior and interior design introduced in 2018, with updates to the multimedia system and six-color palette for the body. The starting prices of the five available versions are as follows:
- Orlando Mild Hybrid base: 136,900 CNY (about $19,375 USD at the current exchange rate)
- Orlando Mild Hybrid base 7 seater: 141,900 CNY ($20,085 USD)
- Orlando Mild Hybrid Redline 5 seater: 149,900 CNY ($20,215 USD)
- Orlando Mild Hybrid Redline 7 seater: 154,900 CNY ($21,925 USD)
- Orlando Mild Hybrid Redline Plus: 159,900 CNY ($22,630 USD)